St Patrick’s lose out in gritty MacRory Cup final

St Patrick's Maghera try to close down a St Michael's attack during their MacRory Cup Final at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.� picture by John McVitty (Impartial Reporter)
St Patrick's Maghera try to close down a St Michael's attack during their MacRory Cup Final at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.� picture by John McVitty (Impartial Reporter)
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ST Michael’s Enniskillen produced a battling second-half performance to beat St Patrick’s Maghera in the MacRory Cup final in Armagh yesterday.

It wasn’t a classic decider by any stretch of the imagination but St Michael’s adapted better to the blustery conditions.

Even the dismissal of Liam Martin on 46 minutes failed to knock the Fermanagh boys out of their stride as they fought back from four points down at the interval.

The Maghera team made use of the wind in the opening half to dominate proceedings with a Gerard Bradley goal helping them into a 1-3 to 0-2 lead at the break. St Pat’s came close to a second goal soon after the restart, with Bradley shot’s blocked before Neil McNicholl poked the loose ball wide.

From then on it was all St Michael’s and Martin’s dismissal, minutes after he scored a point, could not halt their momentum. Enniskillen finally took the lead in the 49th minute, courtesy of another Eddie Courtney point, this time from play. It was a lead they would not relinquish.

St Pat’s had chances to get back into the game but a flurry of wides and some poor decision making hampered their chances and in the end, they only managed one point from Stephen O’Hara in the second half.